A 21-player squad has been named for November’s FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in Indonesia.
The squad comprises 16 players based in Aotearoa New Zealand and five who play their football overseas, in Australia and England.
Of the squad, 14 played for the New Zealand side that won January’s OFC U-17 Men’s Championship, earning qualification to the World Cup.
Main photo: New Zealand will be one of 24 teams competing for the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup. Photo credit: FIFA.
New Zealand squad
Josh Brown Western Suburbs, New Zealand
Matt Foord Cashmere Technical, New Zealand
Eamonn McCarron Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Luka Coveny Western United, Australia
Noah DuPont West Bromwich Albion, England
Jesper Edwards Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Dylan Gardiner Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand
Athan Thompson Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Anaru Cassidy Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Matt D’Hotman Melville United, New Zealand
Paris Domfeh Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Anton Isaako Sydney FC, Australia
Marley Leuluai Burnley, England
Luke Mitchell Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand
Nick Murphy Christchurch United, New Zealand
Mac Prathumphithak Christchurch United, New Zealand
Gabriel Sloane-Rodrigues Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Luke Supyk Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Stipe Ukich Auckland City, New Zealand
Nathan Walker Fencibles United, New Zealand
Adam Watson Stoke City, England
New Zealand have been drawn in Group F at the tournament with 2019 runners-up Mexico, UEFA European U-17 Championship winners Germany and South America’s fourth-placed qualifier Venezuela.
Men’s U-17 head coach Martin Bullock said:
“After (the) 2021 edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup was cancelled due to COVID, it is brilliant to be naming a squad representing the best new and emerging Kiwi talent in this age group.
“I’m excited about the group we have assembled for this tournament with a good mix of local talent developed in New Zealand and players with overseas experience.
“This tournament is going to be a really good test for us against some top sides in the group, but this is what we need to continue to develop on the international stage.
“It also represents an amazing opportunity for our players to put themselves in the shop window for clubs around the world and help take that next step in their football development.”
The team will play all games at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung.
Game to be played on Sunday November 12, 2023
New Zealand v Venezuela
Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung (10pm, NZT)
Game to be played on Thursday November 16, 2023 (NZT)
New Zealand v Germany
Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung (1am, NZT)
Game to be played on Saturday November 18, 2023
New Zealand v Mexico
Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung (10pm NZT)
The 24 nations have been split into six groups of four. The top two in each group, along with the four best third-placed teams, will reach the knockout phase.
The knockout stage will have a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and final, where the winners will be crowned in Surakarta.
Tickets are on sale for the tournament:
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